ThunderWolves trample Grizzlies in 3-0 sweep

ThunderWolves trample Grizzlies in 3-0 sweep

 

PUEBLO, Colo. (October 30, 2015) – The Colorado State University-Pueblo volleyball team returned home with a vengeance Friday night as they swept the Adams State University Grizzlies (26-24, 25-21, 25-20) to earn their third consecutive home win. With the victory, CSU-Pueblo improved to 8-14 (6-8 RMAC), while the Grizzlies dropped to 8-14 (7-7 RMAC)

After a back and forth battle resulted in a 24-24 tie in the first set, the Pack snagged the final two points to close out the Grizzlies 26-24. Melissa Nichols (R-Fr., McKinney, Texas) delivered four kills in the first frame including an emphatic set clinching spike.

CSU-Pueblo held Adams State to a .067 hitting percentage in the first. Oni Lattin (Sr., Houston, Texas) had two blocks in the opening set.

The Pack pulled away late in the second set with five of the last seven poimts to take the frame 25-21. CSU-Pueblo held the Grizzlies to a .054 hitting percentage as they led 2-0 at the break.

Mikala Morris (R-So., Tempe, Ariz. had three kills for the Pack in the second set. Morris had seven points and no errors through the first two sets, posting a .583 hitting percentage. Morris finished with nine kills ad a .471 hitting percentage. The nine kills matched a career high for Morris.

The ThunderWolves jumped out to an 11-2 lead early in the third. Adams State closed within two, cutting the Pack lead to 19-17. However, Lattin took control late with three kills in the team's last six points to complete the sweep with a 25-20 win in set three.

Lattin delivered seven kills in the last set, finishing the night with 11 kills and a .444 hitting percentage. The senior added five more blocks to her tally (132). CSU-Pueblo collected with seven team blocks.

As a team, the Pack hit an impressive .438 in the last frame. They finished with a .284 hitting percentage, their highest match total since their first contest of the season. The Grizzlies ended the night with a .129 hitting percentage.

Alex Sansavera (Sr., San Antonio, Texas) contributed 23 assists. Sansavera also tallied three kills on four attacks and recorded seven digs. Jordan Bruere (Sr., Rio Rancho, N.M.) delivered 16 assists of her own and led the pack with two service aces.

The ThunderWolves will continue their five-game homestand when they take on Fort Lewis College, Saturday in a Halloween showdown. The game begins at 7:00 p.m.

Fans who dress in costume to celebrate Halloween with the Pack will receive free admission to the volleyball game. There will also be a Trick R' Treat street and an activity room for the kids, where the first 50 kids will get to decorate mini pumpkins. In addition, a costume contest will be held after the second set with the winner receiving a fabulous prize.

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.